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What’s your drink?

When it’s time for an adult beverage, what’s your drink of choice? We asked some Oklahoma notables what wets their whistle.

Gazette staff April 10th, 2013

“White wine. Because it makes me smarter.”
—Megan Mullally, actress

Megan Mullally
credit: Gage Skidmore

“My adult beverage of choice is a light beer — preferably Coors Light. While my last name is Williams (which is English), I am actually three-fourths German. Due to that lineage, I think I have a ‘bier’ gene in my genetic makeup.”
—Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce 

Roy Williams
Credit: Mark Hancock


“I like the frozen Kahlúa and cream. It tastes like a shake. I like sweet drinks.”
—Kristin Chenoweth, actress and singer 

Kristin Chenoweth


“Going back to those days of playing in bands in Chicago (in my early 20s), I remember sitting outside on a steamy August night after band practice and each of us in the band slugging down MD 20/20 right out of the bottle. Today, I am more refined ... I think. Whenever we are out to dinner, I will have a Corona in a cold glass and a lime. And once a year, after a Corona or two, I might have a side shot of Patrón tequila, which I sip very slowly to enjoy that rich, smooth flavor. I am not a very complicated adult-beverage guy.”
—Jack Elliott, morning show co-host on KYIS 98.9 FM

Jack Elliott
Credit: Shannon Cornman


“I think the ‘where’ generally determines the ‘what.’ In India, Kingfisher beer was the choice, in Nepal, it was Everest! Hot summer day: chilled seafood salad, icy cold Chardonnay. Classic steak dinner: yummy big red. A glass of champagne any time, any place!”
—Meg Salyer, Oklahoma City Ward 6 council member

Meg Salyer
Credit: Mark Hancock


“I need a light drink that will keep me up without bringing me down. A single tall club soda and vodka with two slices of lime is my drink of choice. It’s a refreshing springtime drink that will work well into the summer sizzler that is soon upon us.”
—Steven Battles (aka Chrome Pony), musician

Chrome Pony


“With the schedule I keep, I have to focus on quality over quantity. There are few things harder than trying to be interesting and entertaining that early in the morning, and hung over after a night of shots and cheap beer. Luckily, I love a good stout beer, preferably a Guinness, that I can take my time with and savor.”
—Brad Copeland, morning show co-host on KATT 100.5 FM

Brad Copeland


“It is Lent, the season of penance. So, I must confess that as governor, I had a wine rack in the mansion. It cradled one of my favorite beverages next to water, Chardonnay. We were both happy temporary tenants of the residence!” —Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma

Frank Keating


“I’m going to point to my favorite adult beverage, and it’s nearly impossible to get: the mighty Westvleteren XII. Brewed by Trappist monks in Belgium, they only make enough to keep the abbey rolling, and sometimes that means it doesn’t get made at all. They don’t sell it in stores. In order to get it, you have to hike way out to the abbey, and even then, only by reservation! I’m sure the mystique adds to the fact that this beer is often voted by many educated beer connoisseurs as ‘the best in the world,’ but I can tell you that is absolutely the most delicious beer I’ve ever had.

“If you want to try something similar, you can actually come very close by picking up a St. Bernardus Abt 12. Bonus: You can get this in Oklahoma! Be warned, this is an ‘in front of the fire’ beer. It’s 10.50-percent alcohol, so be careful. Drink it out of a goblet, because that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
—J.D. McPherson, singer-songwriter 

J.D. McPherson
credit: Samantha Franklin


“Beer and wine. Beer because I have to: I’m German. And wine because some doctor in France said a couple of glasses a day of red wine will help you.”
—Al Eschbach, sports talk radio host on WWLS The Sports Animal

Al Eschbach


“My favorite is Crown and soda. It’s sparkling, not sweet and simply made. At Nonna’s Purple Bar, it is called the Crown Jewel!”
—Avis Scaramucci, owner of Nonna’s Euro-American Restaurant and Painted Door 

Avis Scaramucci
Credit: Mark Hancock


“Within the last four or five years, I’ve become obsessed and fascinated with wine. It’s a great experience from the time you open the bottle until it’s gone — from sharing with friends, pairing with foods and enjoying all the different tastes of a good wine. It depends on the situation, and I do like a nice white or rosé, but I’m a sucker for a nice, full-bodied red.”
—Ashley Stewart (formerly Ashlynn Brooke), retired adult film star

Ashley Stewart (formerly Ashlynn Brooke)



“Coors Light in a bottle while floating down the Illinois River on a raft. That is summer to me ... though I also enjoy a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir and a cheese plate. Followed by a fat joint.”
—Sterlin Harjo, filmmaker

Sterlin Harjo


“I don’t do strong or bitter drinks. I prefer wine. Moscato is my favorite. It is a little bubbly, a little sweet and always feels like a celebration drink. In fact, I had a glass of it when Adam (my fiancé) proposed, so there is that memorable connotation with it.”
—Liz Dueweke, morning anchor on KOKH Channel 25

Liz Dueweke


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